Image copyright Sally Dale Image caption This three metre long spider monkey was named best amateur
The most amusing-looking finalists in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition are preparing to go on show in Bristol at the end of the month.
The grumpy monkeys, happy worm and laughing fish are among the eight images to be displayed at Bristol Museum, alongside the number one winning picture, by John Pentland, of a furry snow leopard, from the 2016 entries.
The awards, run by Natural History Museum and Guinness World Records, aim to highlight how wildlife is still “very much here” – it just happens to be doing so in some odd places.
The winning wildlife photographs from 2017 and the expert panel to choose the winners will be displayed in a new aquarium in the back room of the museum.
Image copyright John Pentland Image caption John Pentland’s winning picture of a snow leopard is one of eight wildlife images for 2018.
The public will be able to enter their own award too, with shortlisted images entered into a public vote.
Last year two skunk babies were named two lucky fans who have the chance to have their picture displayed in a gallery at The National Museum of Scotland.
Some of the images were, it has to be said, a little more unusual than we are used to seeing in wildlife photography, such as the species that performs abortions by trying to make its eggs swim.
Image copyright Sally Dale Image caption Sally Dale’s pictures of an African dog were deemed by the judges to have international appeal
The nine judges for this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year include Andrew Pendleton, Director of Wildlife Conservation at WWF-UK, Doctor Crispian Gough of the University of Bristol, leading film producer and writer Mark Burton, marine scientist Nick Begley, Sadie Singh from the Natural History Museum and Louise Blamire from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
Image copyright Sally Dale Image caption Sally Dale’s pictures of an African dog have been picked as one of the finalists.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery Chief Executive Trevor Green said: “This year’s finalists come from all over the world.
“We are delighted to have them displayed in our very own aquarium to give the public a unique insight into how wildlife works.
“The exhibition is also a good opportunity for people to get up close and feel what it is like to photograph wildlife up close.”
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 exhibition and winners will be displayed at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery from Saturday 16 February until 17 April.
The open exhibition will run alongside the winners from the 2017 awards until 3 March.